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Postcard from Paris – House of Cards

A new month starts and with it a new challenge at House of Cards. This month’s theme is love, which is very appropriate considering Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away! It is absolutely a beautiful theme and I hope you find time to join us throughout the month with your creations! In a mission to inspire you, here is what I have created:

I was inspired on both the challenge theme and my new stamp set Parisian Postcard. Since I just got the stamp set, I enjoy thinking of different ways of using it. This time I framed the Eiffel Tower and fussy cut the beautiful vintage flowers to decorate the frame. I like the romantic design this card has and the dimension and texture I was able to add to it.

I have mentioned before here on the blog that I designed this patterned paper to match this stamp set. It was released as a freebie for a while and now it’s available here, in case you don’t own it yet!

I hope you liked my card and feel inspired to join us this month at House of Cards! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

I’m sharing my card with:
Addicted to Stamps – Lots of Layers

Come and Get It – Texture
Eclectic Ellapu – Red/Burgundy and Cream/Ivory
Great Impressions – Love, Love, Love
Fantasy Stampers – PS I love you
Inkspirational – Rose Colors

A Gem of a Challenge – Lots of Layers
Crafty Calender – What’s new? (frame die)
Vintage Journey – Love is in the Air

Cut it Up – Embossing 
My Sheri Crafts – Valentine’s Day 
Tombow USA – Valentine’s Day
Spectrum Noir – February Challenge

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Spritzed & Splattered with LOVE!

This week our challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such is: Letter It, in other words use a letter or more on your creation! I went ahead and used some letter stickers on my mixed media freestyle collage card! This is the first card I make with my new stamp set by SNSS, Parisian Postcard.

Main supplies
Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Parisian Postcard
Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Party, Vintage Flourish Pattern   
White Pearl Linen cardstock
Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock
Heavyweight Vellum 
1/2″ Scor-Tape
Empty Spritzer Bottle   
Seam Binding – Chalk White 
Baby Pearls – LeCreme 
Gold detail

To make my card, I stamped, colored and heat embossed images from the NEW stamp set Parisian Postcard from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, that I happened to design (yay!). I stamped some images on the background, some I heat embossed in gold detail on heavyweight vellum and others I fussy cut and mounted using foam tape on a pretty label die cut with Our Daily Bread Designs Vintage Flourish Pattern from White Pearl Linen cardstock. I stenciled the label with Spun Sugar Distress ink.

The top half beige layer was stamped, heat embossed and also sprayed with a mix of Peeled Paint Distress re-inker and water using a spritzer bottle. The bottom half of the base mat was cut from the gorgeous Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock. I cut a doily from vellum with the English Tea Party die from Cheery Lynn Designs, cut it in half and adhered it on top of the pink layer with thin pieces of 1/2″ Scor-tape.

Before adding the fussy cut images to the label I attached a piece of Chalk White Seam Binding, that I colored and wrinkled by spraying it with the same Peeled Paint Distress ink mix. I completed the card with a few Baby Pearls Le-Creme that go along very well with the vintage design and spritzed Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti and a bit more of Peeled Paint spray. I adhered the finished layer on a white mat cut with A2 Matting Basics, using 1/2″ Scor-tape and then mounted it on a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! I motivate you to join our challenge this week with your crafty creation! Also, I invite you to visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store, there are many discounted items that I know you’d love, starting with the Clearance section. Make sure you check the new Valentine’s sale going on now! Cheery Lynn dies are all 50% off too! If you want to save on a regular order or own my new stamp set use my code Gracie-10 to get 10% off!

I hope I have inspired you today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’d like to share my card with: 
Hiding in my Craft Room – Any Holiday
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes 
Loves Rubber Stamps – Pink and Girly
STAMPlorations – Stamps and Inks
Cheery Lynn Designs – Anything Goes
In the Pink – Pink and Pearlie 
Vintage Journey – Love is in the Air
My Sheri Crafts – Valentine’s Day  

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Morning Glories – ODBD Color Challenge

It’s time for a color challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs. We have a lovely color scheme to inspire you this week! I love the tones of lilacs combined with the peachy pink and vanilla included on the color board, in fact those are some of my favorite colors.

Supplies
Glory stamp set
The Gate stamp set
Vintage Flourish Pattern dies
Doily dies
Fancy Foliage dies
Flourished Star Pattern die

I used different metallic cardstocks for my card’s layers. I die cut a background lilac layer with Flourished Star Pattern. This set has a beautiful pierced matting layer die, that I use all the time. To add contrast I die cut a beautiful Vintage Flourish Pattern from pink metallic cardstock and adhered it on top of the lilac layer.

The beautiful Morning Glories were stamped on white cardstock, and I actually was trying to do partial die cutting until this happy accident ocurred! I love how the stamped flowers frame the Doily label. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and stenciled the label with a soft lilac ink.

I stamped a sentiment from The Gate set in black, die cut it with a smaller label from Vintage Flourish Pattern and stenciled it with a soft pink ink. I die cut a Fancy Foliage from the same pink cardstock used for the vintage frame, cut it in half and added a piece on each side of the sentiment label. A piece of lilac ribbon and a few pearls and rhinestones were the perfect finishing touch.

While I was writing this post I was also listening to Pastor Dante Gebel’s sermon (River Church – Anaheim, California), in which he talked about how God uses bad things and transforms them into good things in the end, to bless your life so He can also use you to bless others…

Genesis 50:20
As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day.

My sister sent me the link to this sermon’s video. I love how the Lord has been using friends and family to encourage me through devotionals, sermons and verses. What a blessing! I want to remind you that when we stumble across a difficulty, when someone or something tries to harm us, God is actively working on the transformation of that circumstance to make it better! We will bloom like Morning Glories my friend!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I also hope you can join our challenge this week at ODBD! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC222 or to join the challenge click here. You have until January 18, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

I invite you to visit my talented teammates’ blogs to see what they created for our color inspiration challenge! Here are the links to their posts:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’m submitting my card to:
Spectrum Noir – January Challenge

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Floral Postcard Tag

Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve had a great time surrounded by family and friends! May our saviour Jesus continue to fill your hearts and homes with his never ending mercy and love! Today I have the pleasure of sharing a card I created with supplies from Classy Cards ‘n Such! This time I created a vintage card with lots of stamping and a few die cuts.

I like to use tags on cards. I think it’s a nice twist that gives a card a different look. Today’s card is the perfect example!

I started out by die cutting a beige base layer using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. Then I also die cut a beautiful border with the very new Spellbinders Mary Border Strip and three small medallions with Fancy Label Tags Two.

I adhered the beige layer to the brown card base with 1/2″ Scor-Tape. Next I attached the border on the side and then I added a piece of pink ribbon on top of it. I also adhered the three small medallions on top of the border. Once I added all the die cuts I mounted the previously made tag, which was stamped with many images from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, Bo Bunny, Flourishes and Do Crafts. I used Gold detail powder to emboss the PostCard sentiment on the tag. I decorated it with a piece of Fused string pearl beads in golden ivory. To finish my design I attached a pretty bow, embellished with a large gold vintage button.

If you’d like to know how I made my tag, please click here to be directed to a step by step photo tutorial.

Hope you liked my card! I invite you to visit CCNS store! Remember that if you purchase you can get 10% off using my discount code Gracie-10.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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House of Cards Blog Hop + Challenge + DT Call!

My oh my, I can’t believe we’ve come to the end of our third term at House of Cards! Six months do go by fast! We are saying goodbye to some of our DT members and feel so grateful to those staying on. To say goodbye and thank you, we’re celebrating with a blog hop!

The blog hop will run from December 1st at 6:00 AM CST through December 15th at noon CST. In addition to the hop, we are opening our Inlinkz for you to link up your project(s) and this time around we have got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!

Here is the card I made using some lovely digis from Stitchy Bear and Eclectic Anthology:

If you’ve followed the hop from the start, you must have arrived here from Cohenna‘s blog. If you haven’t, and you’d like to hop with us, please make sure you start there and continue through the whole thing for the most chances to win!

Of course, to give excitement to our hop we are having a massive amount of giveaways from an amazing selection of sponsors:

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors. Our team will be using a variety of products from these amazing companies!

Daydream Designs
Prize: $20 to their digital store

Deedee’s Digis
Prize: Gift Card to the online store.

Eclectic Anthology
Prize: $50 gift voucher to the shop.

Great Impressions
Prize: Prize Package with 5 Stamps

Paper Sweeties
Prize: $20 gift voucher to the shop.
Stitchy Bear
Prize: $10 gift voucher to the shop.
 
Now get to hoppin’! Your next stop is Merethe‘s blog! Don’t forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors too!

Hop order
Cornelia
Donna
Pat
Vannessa
Katy
Ang
Graciela – You are here!

Remember that this blog hop is also a challenge and a DT CALL! If you’d like to join the fun at House of Cards don’t forget to add DT after your name on your inlinkz entry so you can be considered for the team!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Christmas Card Challenges – Anything Goes 

Cheery Lynn Designs – ‘Tis the Season
Hiding in my Craft Room – Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz – Anything Goes

Catered Crop – Anything Goes
City Crafter – Favorite Techniques (shaped cards)
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Watercolor Blessings

Today I am sharing a card I made with some gorgeous products from Classy Cards ‘n Such. It’s an autumnal watercolored card, with a wonderful verse embossed on vellum. Watercoloring is very relaxing. I had not made a watercolored card in a while so I enjoyed making this card a lot!

I started off by heat embossing in white some pears from Inky Antics’ Holy Spirit’s Fruit stamp set. I stamped the images trying to create an opened frame.

Then I painted the pears with Faber Castell watercolor pencils. I usually don’t color directly on the image, instead I color on a scrap piece of paper, and just pick up the colors with a wet brush, that way I don’t leave pencil traces on my final image. I used various tones of greens and browns to achieve these shades.

Once done, I went ahead and die cut the colored piece of cardstock with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. The die cutting and embossing helps flatten the cardstock, I should add.

Next I heat embossed in Gold Detail a verse from the same stamp set on Heavyweight Vellum. I added the vellum across the watercolored layer, horizontally, and tucked the ends on the back.

Finally I mounted the colored layer on a leather textured card base, in sand beige, which matches the tones of the pears perfectly. To complete my design I added some Baby Pearls – LeCreme on each corner of the vellum layer.

I hope you feel inspired by seeing my card. I invite you to try out this technique, it’s one of my favorites. Remember that all the supplies used are listed above. For more please visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store!

Thanks for your visit!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Vellum – Addicted to CAS

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Kitties Fall Picnic

Today I’m excited to share a card I made for this week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Fall Picnic. Of course, I used many crafty goodies from CCNS store to create my card, some lovely supplies I must add!

To make this card, first I die cut my card base with Our Daily Bread Designs’ Vintage Flourish Pattern, and then I die cut a window on it’s front with the coordinating frame from the same set. I cut an inner layer that matched the size of the card base from White Pearl Linen. I printed a piece of plaid patterned digital paper on White Pearl Linen also, and adhered it covering one third of the inner layer, to work as a picnic blanket. I aligned the inner layer with the card base, marked the window outline on it and die cut it with the coordinating frame die. The frame that resulted was attached to the inside of the card, after I aged it with Distress Ink in Old Paper, with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. The other remainding part of the inner layer was attached to the card front, from the inside.

Once the card base was entirely ready, I started working on all the elements I needed to complete my card. I stamped Wild Rose Studio’s Kitty Picnic on White Pearl Linen and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I fuzzy cut it and adhered the images to the card front with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

I then die cut lots of leaves from Precious Metals Craft Foil by Spellbinders with Impression Obsession’s Small Leaf Set. I applied some Graphite Inka Gold to the craft foil leaves, to make them look a bit organic. I added the leaves on the bottom of the card front around the images, arranging them to look like a bed of leaves. I adhered them with UHU all purpose adhesive (silicone gel glue).

I also used other die cuts as tree branches that I cut from olive green paper with Poppy Stamps’ Pine Garland. I cut around four or five of them and adhered them with Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the card front from the inside, so they’d appear to be coming out of the window.

Finally I heat embossed a sentiment, from Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set, with Gold detail embossing powder on a little banner that was die cut with the smallest die from A2 Matting Basics A. I distressed the die cut’s edges, and applied Distress ink in Old Paper to it, and next I cut it’s right end with a scissor to create the classic banner shape. I mounted it with foam tape on the left side of the card, and cut the remainder piece to fit the card’s width perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card! I invite you to join our challenge this week for a chance to win a prize from the store and the Classiest Card Award too. To check out the supplies I used for today’s project click on the supplies’ links or visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store to see all what’s been added recently! If you do purchase don’t forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout to get 10% off your order!

Thanks so very much for stopping by.

I’d like to submit my card to:
It’s my Favorite (Window Cards) – Mod Squad Challenge
Warm Colors (Using KITTY PICNIC Clear Stamp) – Loves Rubberstamps Challenge 
Falloween Fun – Poppystamps Challenge
Sketch #22 – STAMPlorations  
Scripture Inspiration Challenge – Our Daily Bread Designs
(A time to weep, and a time to laugh)
(28/10/14) And:
Fall/Autumn – Stamp and Create 

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One Layer Printing & Stamping with Gelli Plates

Today I’m excited to share a project I made for Sin City Stamps in partnership with Gelli Arts, the makers of Gel Printing Plates. I created a stamped image with an amazing background, all in one layer!

Many possibly know already what a Gelli Plate is, but in case you are not familiar with it I’ll give you a brief intro. A Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It’s easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. You can use it with acrylic or poster paints, and you may combine it with stencils, and masks. You can also create textures and patterns using a wide range of simple materials or tools. Once you press down your cardstock to the plate, you’ll get a great background, which will result different every single time. Warning: It may be addictive!

Supplies
Alice 2 Art Rubber Stamps – Sin City Stamps
5in x 7in Gelli™ Printing Plate – Gelli Arts
Memento Dye Ink in Tuxedo Black
Miscelaneous
Paints: acrylic paint in metallic silver, poster paints in blue and yellow
Cardstocks: white linen cardstock, blue and green leather textured cardstock
Embellishments: 1/4″ red satin ribbon, Vynil silver gem
Mounting foam tape

Tutorial
I have a step by step photo tutorial for you at Sin City Stamps’ blog. To view it, please click here and start the guide at the end of my post.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my fun Alice in Wonderland card and it’s tutorial! I truly recommend you try out the Gelli Plates, they are very versatile and easy to use.

If you would like to check out this cute art rubber stamp I used, click on the link added to the supply list or click here to be directed to Sin City Stamps store!

Thanks so much for stopping by.


This card is participating in:
Color Inspiration – Incy Wincy Designs

Make your Own Background Paper – Just Inspirational Monthly Challenge

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Gift of Hope

It’s time for a new challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Let’s make it Pink. October, as you know, is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this challenge is an opportunity to send our love, encouragement and words of hope to all of those ladies out there who have struggled or are struggling with this terrible disease today. I think now a days each of us knows someone who has battled breast cancer. Whether those loved ones lost or won their fight the most important thing is justly that, that they have fought for their lives. Please my friends, do your check-ups regularly because an early diagnose can certainly save your life!

I lost one very dear “adoptive” aunt to breast cancer. She decided to hide the illness for years, even knowing one of her sons was a doctor (miss her). And as we speak an aunt in Brazil is battling cancer, her son too is a doctor (my cousin) and he is taking the best care of her. I have hope that she will make it… I pray she does! I want to dedicate this card to her and to all those who need the inspiration and motivation.

My card for today is adorably pink. It’s a mixed media card. The background was die cut with A2 Matting Basics A from soft pink cardstock. I then stenciled it with Crackle Embossing Paste, using the Large Damask stencil, both from Dreamweaver. Once the paste dried, I applied two tones of pink Distress inks (Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick) with a Mini Ink Blending Tool irregularly and also sprayed some water on it. Next I distressed the edges of the layer manually.

To embellish the mixed media layer, I added a piece of lace followed by a piece of pink ribbon across the card horizontally, on the top third of the layer. Then I die cut three Fantastic Flourish Three, from a digital paper I designed and that I printed on White Pearl Linen, but I cut the outer loops to make them look softer and to be able to layer them together seamlessly.

A very important part of this card is the sweet little image I stamped with Wild Rose Studio’s In the Meadow. I stamped it on White Pearl Linen with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black, and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers in PP3, PP5, FS2, FS3, GB8, BT2 and BT4. Next I die cut it using Spellbinders Classic Labels Four, and stenciled it with Distress ink in Spun Sugar. I mounted the label on a coordinating Imperial Gold Labels Four I die cut from Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock.

I adhered the three altered flourishes behind the framed image and mounted it all on top of the ribbon and lace, to the right. I made some small roses using Bitty Blossoms medium die. I added those to the left side of the framed image together with some pink pearl stamens. I also attached a little tag underneath the roses, die cut with Fancy Label Tags One, on which I stamped the word hope, from Flourishes Zinnia set, using with Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves. I stenciled the label tag with Distress ink in Spun Sugar too. I finished the design with one pretty bow on the right side of the image and some Baby Rhinestones – Silver. And finally I attached the very embellished mixed media layer to a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card and I also hope that you feel inspired to join our challenge this week with your Think Pink creation! As always there will be a prize from the store for one lucky winner if we reach more than seven entries, so invite your friends to play along!

Remember that all the products used to make my cards are linked above, but you can also visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store directly (here). A plenty of new crafty things have been added recently! If you do purchase don’t forget to use my code Gracie-10 during checkout, to get 10% off your order!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

This card is participating in:
Sketch #108 – Cardabilities

In the Pink for October – Mod Squad Challenge
Think Pink – The Crafting Cafe
Choose Hope, Think Pink – Power Poppy
Also:
October Challenge – Craft-Dee BowZ 
October Challenge – Spectrum Noir (Facebook)

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Autumn Butterfly – House of Cards

Welcome to my post for this month’s challenge at House of Cards: Autumn Photo/Color Inspiration. Though there are no defined seasons where I live, I do enjoy seeing, through pictures, all the beautiful earthy tones that Fall brings. Of course, these tones are consequence of every tree giving in to colder temperatures, leaves drying and falling, and in general, nature dying so it can be renewed once again during Spring. I have seen families and friends going through their own Autumn recently (some of them are still struggling), and all I can do is pray that God’s grace surrounds them and that He fulfills all their present needs. Hopefully, just as in nature, these trying times will be temporary for them.

My card for today is possibly Vintage, but the polka dots make it look a bit Shabby Chic too… I suppose I mixed a bit of both styles together! One thing is sure, I love how the design resulted.

To make my card I started out by stamping Butterfly from Our Daily Bread Designs on White Pearl Linen, using Memento ink in Rich Cocoa. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers in GB8, OR1, GB5, CT4 (from darkest to lightest). Once done, I covered the butterfly with Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste, to give it a nice glossy look. I love how vintage and pretty the butterfly looks, and of course it looks so much better in ‘real life’.

I layered some dies I cut with Spellbinders Fantastic Flourish Three, Spellbinders Gold Circles One, and Spellbinders Elegant Ovals. The polka dot paper used for the background is from Fancy Pants Designs and the vintage handwriting paper on the center is from my recently released paper pack Floral Frames.

To finish my design I added a piece of light brown gross grain ribbon and two Baby Pearls – LeCreme.

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I hope you like my card… I really like how it resulted. There is more inspiration for you back at the blog, so I invite you to check out what the rest of the Vintage/Shabby Chic Team designed.

To play along our challenge all you need to do is click here, and upload your creation. Remember any style is welcome!

Thanks so much for your visit!

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes – Vintage Stamping Challenges
Finishing Touch – SSS Monday
Fall Inspired – Our Daily Bread Designs
Autumn/Fall – Jellypark Challenges